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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun enlightens the earth.

2. (v. t.) To make clear to the intellect or conscience; to shed the light of truth and knowledge upon; to furnish with increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the mind or understanding.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ENLIGHTEN

en-lit'-'-n:

(1) 'or, "illumination" in every sense, used in the ordinary sense of giving natural light (Psalm 97:4 the King James Version; see also Ezra 9:8) or as a sign of health and vigor (1 Samuel 14:27, 29). "His eyes were enlightened," literally, "became bright." He had become weary and faint with the day's exertions and anxieties, and now recovers (see Job 33:30 and compare Psalm 13:3). Thus in sickness and grief, the eyes are dull and heavy; dying eyes are glazed; but health and joy render them bright and sparkling, as with a light from within.

(2) In Psalm 18:28 the King James Version, The word naghah, figuratively describes the believer's deliverance from the gloom of adversity and the restoration of joy in the knowledge of God.

(3) Most frequently the terms so translated mean the giving of spiritual light to the soul (Psalm 19:8 Ephesians 1:18, photizo; Hebrews 6:4; Hebrews 10:32). This spiritual enlightening the Spirit of God brings about through the Divine word (Psalm 119:130 2 Timothy 3:15 2 Peter 1:19). Sin mars the intellectual discernment; "but he that is spiritual discerneth all things" (1 Corinthians 2:15 King James Version, margin).

M. O. Evans

Greek
5461. photizo -- to shine, give light
... light (1). enlighten, illuminate, make to see. From phos; to shed rays,
ie To shine or (transitively) to brighten up (literally ...
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Strong's Hebrew
2094. zahar -- to be light or shining
... admonish, shine, teach, give warning A primitive root; to gleam; figuratively, to
enlighten (by caution) -- admonish, shine, teach, (give) warn(-ing). ...
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5050. nagah -- to shine
... Word Origin a prim. root Definition to shine NASB Word Usage gives...light (1),
illumines (2), shed (1), shine (2). enlighten, cause to shine. ...
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215. or -- to be or become light
... root Definition to be or become light NASB Word Usage bright (1), brightened (2),
dawned (1), enlighten (2), enlightened (1), enlightening (1), gave light (1 ...
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Library

Whether an Inferior Angel Can Enlighten a Superior Angel?
... HOW ONE CREATURE MOVES ANOTHER (FOUR ARTICLES) Whether an inferior angel
can enlighten a superior angel? Objection 1: It would seem ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether an inferior angel can.htm

Whether an Angel Can Enlighten Man?
... THE ACTION OF THE ANGELS ON MAN (FOUR ARTICLES) Whether an angel can enlighten man?
Objection 1: It would seem that an angel cannot enlighten man. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether an angel can enlighten.htm

He Calls on God to Enlighten his Mind.
... Book XI. Chapter XXV."He Calls on God to Enlighten His Mind. 32. ... Thou shalt light
my candle; Thou, O Lord my God, wilt enlighten my darkness. [1051]. ...
/.../augustine/the confessions and letters of st/chapter xxv he calls on god.htm

Whether one Angel Enlightens Another?
... another? Objection 1: It would seem that one angel does not enlighten another. ...
God. Therefore one angel does not enlighten another. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether one angel enlightens another.htm

Whether There is Enlightenment in the Demons?
... Therefore the superior demons can enlighten the inferior. ... Therefore it seems
that the superior demons can enlighten the inferior. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether there is enlightenment in.htm

Whether God Alone, or the Minister Also, Works Inwardly unto the ...
... For the inward sacramental effect is to cleanse man from sin and enlighten
him by grace. But it belongs to the ministers of the ...
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Whether the Superior Angel Enlightens the Inferior as Regards all ...
... Objection 1: It would seem that the superior angel does not enlighten the inferior
concerning all he himself knows. For Dionysius says (Coel. Hier. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether the superior angel enlightens.htm

Whether There is an Active and a Passive Intellect in an Angel?
... Objection 2: Further, the proper function of the passive intellect is to receive;
whereas to enlighten is the proper function of the active intellect, as is ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/aquinas/summa theologica/whether there is an active.htm

Whether the Inferior Angel Speaks to the Superior?
... Objection 2: Further, as was said above ([861]Q[106], A[1]), to enlighten means
merely to acquaint one man of what is known to another; and this is to speak. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether the inferior angel speaks.htm

Whether the Saints, Seeing God, See all that God Sees? [*Cf. Fp, Q ...
... Now after the day of judgment, one angel will not enlighten another; for then all
superiority will cease, as a gloss observes on 1:Cor.15:24, "When He shall ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether the saints seeing god.htm

Thesaurus
Enlighten (8 Occurrences)
... to the intellect or conscience; to shed the light of truth and knowledge upon; to
furnish with increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the mind or ...
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Lighten (19 Occurrences)
... 5. (vt) To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten. ... Psalms 18:28 For thou wilt
light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. ...
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Enlightened (13 Occurrences)

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Weaving (4 Occurrences)
... Although weaving was one of the most important and best developed of the crafts
of Bible times, yet we have but few Biblical references to enlighten us as to ...
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Inform (24 Occurrences)
... 3. (vt) To communicate knowledge to; to make known to; to acquaint; to advise; to
instruct; to tell; to notify; to enlighten; -- usually followed by of. ...
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Instruct (34 Occurrences)
... 4. (vt) To form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind of; to impart
knowledge or information to; to enlighten; to teach; to discipline. ...
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Enlarging (1 Occurrence)

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Manifestation (11 Occurrences)
... 2 Timothy 1:10 and was made manifest now through the manifestation of our Saviour
Jesus Christ, who indeed did abolish death, and did enlighten life and ...
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Attentively (35 Occurrences)
... attentively, (YLT). Psalms 13:3 Look attentively; Answer me, O Jehovah, my God,
Enlighten mine eyes, lest I sleep in death, (YLT). Psalms 74 ...
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True (305 Occurrences)
... (See WEY NIV). John 1:9 He was the true Light, which doth enlighten every man, coming
to the world; (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). ...
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Concordance
Enlighten (8 Occurrences)

Luke 2:32
A light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
(WBS)

Ephesians 3:9
and to enlighten all with the knowledge of what is the administration of the mystery hidden throughout the ages in God, who has created all things,
(DBY)

2 Timothy 1:10
and was made manifest now through the manifestation of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who indeed did abolish death, and did enlighten life and immortality through the good news,
(YLT)

Ezra 9:8
And now, as a small moment hath grace been from Jehovah our God, to leave to us an escape, and to give to us a nail in His holy place, by our God's enlightening our eyes, and by giving us a little quickening in our servitude;
(Root in YLT NAS)

Psalms 13:3
Look attentively; Answer me, O Jehovah, my God, Enlighten mine eyes, lest I sleep in death,
(YLT NAS)

Psalms 18:28
For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
(KJV DBY WBS YLT)

Psalms 105:39
He hath spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to enlighten the night.
(YLT)

Isaiah 40:14
Who gave him suggestions, and made clear to him the right way? who gave him knowledge, guiding him in the way of wisdom?
(See RSV NIV)

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